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Griffith earns GOP nomination to face Rep. Boucher

Republicans in Virginia's 9th congressional district picked state House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith on Saturday as their candidate to face Rep. Rick Boucher (D) in November.

Griffith earned the nomination at the district Republican convention in Wythe County, where he earned more than 50 percent of the vote on the first ballot, besting two other candidates, Adam Light and Dave Moore. Griffith's victory at the convention had been widely expected since he announced earlier this year that he planned to take on Boucher. Conservatives, including state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), have rallied around Griffith.

Republicans hope 2010 is the year they can finally unseat Boucher, who has served in the House since 1982 in a region that has leaned increasingly toward the GOP. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won the southwestern Virginia district by 19 points in the 2008 presidential race. But Boucher has repeatedly proved to be a tough, well-funded opponent.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 22, 2010; 8:03 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Morgan Griffith , Rick Boucher  
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The Republicans clearly have a sense of humor because Morgan Griffith's campaign is going to be a joke.

He CANNOT vote for HIMSELF! Why should the average 9th district voter?

today 54% of Republicans failed an IQ test. They selected a man to represent them, who does not live in the District. No wonder Boucher has retained his seat this long.

Posted by: ruthannkilgore | May 23, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Boucher will win. MG is simply positioning himself for a run in 2012 after redistricting, when most likely he will be in the 9th district.

Posted by: dflinchum | May 23, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

It's time to clean the house starting with Rick Boucher - he's been there way to long !

Posted by: timmullinspoundva | May 28, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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